Detroit (50-49) at Kansas City (45-55)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Tue Jul 22, 2008
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After breaking out offensively to finally beat the Kansas City Royals, the Detroit Tigers hope to keep it going while trying to make up ground in the AL Central standings.

The Tigers look for a third straight victory as they continue their road set with the Royals on Tuesday night.

Detroit (50-49) won 19-4 at Kansas City on Monday for its fourth victory in six games overall and first in seven meetings with the Royals (45-55) this season.

It was the third time this season the Tigers scored 19 runs and they pulled to within 5 1/2 games of the division-leading Chicago White Sox. Detroit, which scored 10 runs in the eighth inning Monday, scored 11 times in its first six games against Kansas City.

Miguel Cabrera matched a career high with five hits and six RBIs, while rookie Matt Joyce had four hits and five RBIs for the Tigers, who jumped from fifth to third in the AL in runs (493) after Monday’s contest.

Cabrera has 31 RBIs in his last 35 games and is batting .435 (10-for-23) against the Royals in 2008.

“Cabrera had a huge night as did a bunch of other guys,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “When his concentration is locked in, he’s going to hit big time. When he’s locked in, he’s pretty impressive.”

Joyce is hitting .375 (21-for-56) with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 18 games since being recalled from the minors on June 29.

While Detroit hopes for another big night at the plate Tuesday, Kenny Rogers (7-6, 4.62 ERA) looks to avoid a fifth consecutive loss to Kansas City.

The 44-year-old Rogers is 18-12 with a 3.80 ERA versus the Royals, but has given up 17 earned runs in 22 1-3 innings over his last four outings against them. He allowed seven runs and 11 hits in four innings of an 8-4 defeat at Kansas City on May 15.

“Frustrating as it is as I look back, the results are all that mattered,” the left-hander said of his last start against the Royals.

Rogers allowed four runs and 11 hits in six innings of a 6-5 win at Baltimore on Thursday.

Kansas City counters with Kyle Davies (3-1, 4.59), who has failed to factor in the decision in each of his last three starts. He gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings of a 4-3 loss to Seattle on July 13.

The right-hander, who has a 7.02 ERA over his last three outings, is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in his career versus Detroit.

On Monday, rookie Mike Aviles had two hits and Billy Butler drove in a pair of runs for Kansas City.

“It was a nasty loss,” said manager Trey Hillman, whose team allowed its most runs since losing 21-6 to the Angels on Aug. 25, 2004.

Aviles is batting .323 since being called up on May 29 and .438 (21-for-48) with 10 RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak. Butler has driven in nine runs over his last four contests.

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Starting Pitchers

K. Rogers Det vs. K. Davies NYY
9-13 Record 9-7
5.70 ERA 4.06
82 K 71
71 BB 43
1.63 WHIP 1.45


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